November 2, 2019
Stowe, Vt – For the third year in a row the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) and the Trapp Family Lodge have partnered to create a roller ski race for an elite field of cross-country skiers including past and future Olympians. Upwards of one hundred athletes representing colleges and clubs from throughout New England will compete in a challenging 10-kilometer race that will finish at the top of Trapp Hill. Spectators are encouraged to park at the Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center parking lot before 10am and cheer skiers to the finish. The event, which boasts a $200 cash prize for the top male and female competitors (sponsored by Rossignol), is the culmination of the six-race High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Race Series. The overall winners of the Series are vying for $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd and $200 for 3rd place finishes. Series prize money is sponsored by Kathy and Marty Hall in a continued effort to support development in cross country skiing.
Top-ranked New England athletes in their respective age groups will join Olympians like Caitlin Patterson, and World Junior Relay Champion, Ben Ogden, for this head to head competition designed to showcase Nordic Skiing. The majority of the field is comprised of athletes who were named to the NENSA Elite and Development Teams – a group who has demonstrated national and international success. Skiers from the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, Stratton Elite Team and the Craftsbury Green Racing Project will be in attendance.
The course will begin on Nebraska Valley Road before turning onto Barrows Road and conclude by climbing Luce and Trapp Hill. The race begins at 10am and skiers are expected to complete the course in approximately thirty minutes. Racers will depart the start in thirty-second intervals, making for non-stop spectating for nearly an hour. An award ceremony will be held in Mozart Room at 12:00pm.
The New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) is the umbrella organization for Nordic skiing events in the region. We are a member supported service organization that promotes the culture of cross-country skiing by creating opportunities for youth, athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all levels. NENSA provides the support structure necessary to bring cross-country skiers to their highest potential at regional, national and international events.
Questions about the event should be directed to Justin Beckwith at [email protected]